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Big 12 baseball tournament: A breakdown of each team vying for conference crown

Don Williams
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Texas players watch from the dugout during the Longhorns' game versus Kansas on Thursday. The Longhorns earned the No. 5 seed in this week's Big 12 Tournament in Arlington and will play Oklahoma State at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Here are thumbnail looks at the eight teams participating in this week's Big 12 Tournament at Globe Life Field in Arlington. The tournament is split into two, four-team brackets with teams seeded 1, 4, 5 and 8 in the top bracket and teams seeded 2, 3, 6 and 7 in the bottom bracket.

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Top bracket

TCU

Seed: 1

Record: 35-18, 16-8 in Big 12

Ranking by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association: 18

First-round game: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday vs. Baylor

Big 12 Tournament titles (3): 2014, 2016, 2021

Top hitters: SS Tommy Sacco, .359 batting average, 12 home runs, 51 RBIs. 3B Brayden Taylor, .308-10-43. CF Elijah Nunez, .296-1-27, 29 of 30 stolen bases. C Kurtis Byrne, .288-4-38. 1B David Bishop, .275-6-45.

Top starting pitchers: RHP Riley Cornelio, 4-4, 4.03 ERA. RHP Brett Walker, 5-2, 4.87. RHP Marcelo Perez, 6-2, 3.26.

Top relief pitchers: LHP River Ridings, 2-2, 6.20 ERA, 10 saves. RHP Luke Savage, 1-1, 1.82.

Oklahoma State

Seed: 4

Record: 36-18, 15-9 in Big 12

Ranking by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association: 8

First-round game: 9 a.m. Wednesday vs. Texas

Big 12 Tournament titles (3): 2004, 2017, 2019

Top hitters: LF Jake Thompson, .359 batting average, 13 home runs, 54 RBIs. 3B Nolan McLean, .285-13-38. DH Griffin Doersching, .295-11-43. 1B David Mendham, .285-9-40. CF Caeden Trenkle, .270-6-34. 2B Roc Riggio, .247-6-28.

Top starting pitchers: RHP Justin Campbell, 8-2, 3.71 ERA. RHP Bryce Osmond, 4-2, 4.75 ERA. RHP Victor Mederos, 3-3, 6.18 ERA.

Top relief pitchers: RHP Trevor Martin, 3-3, 4.85 ERA, 9 saves. RHP Nolan McLean, 1-1, 4.09, 5 saves. RHP Ryan Bogusz, 2-0, 1.88. RHP Roman Phansalkar, 5-2, 2.51. RHP Kale Davis, 1-1, 3.65.

Texas 

Seed: 5

Record: 39-17, 14-10 in Big 12

Ranking by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association: 16

First-round game: 9 a.m. Wednesday vs. Oklahoma State

Big 12 Tournament titles (5): 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2015

Top hitters: 1B Ivan Melendez, .421 batting average, 28 home runs, 85 RBIs. RF Murphy Stehly, .383-16-51. 3B Skyler Messinger, .364-10-49. C Silas Ardoin, .287-10-45. SS Trey Faltine, .269-14-46.

Top starting pitchers: LHP Lucas Gordon, 6-1, 2.55 ERA. LHP Pete Hansen, 9-1, 3.28. RHP Tristan Stevens, 5-6, 5.04.

Top relief pitchers: RHP Aaron Nixon, 1-3, 3.56, 5 saves. RHP Marcus Olivarez, 1-0, 0.46. LHP Luke Harrison, 0-0, 2.97, 2 saves. RHP Jared Southard, 2-1, 3.43.

Baylor

Seed: 8

Record: 26-26, 7-17 in Big 12

Ranking by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association: unranked

First-round game: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday vs. TCU

Big 12 Tournament titles (1): 2018

Top hitters: SS Jack Pineda, .309 batting average, 7 home runs, 35 RBIs. 1B Kyle Nevin, .306-8-48. CF Jared McKenzie, .298-11-42. 2B Tre Richardson, .296-4-35.

Top starting pitchers: LHP Kobe Andrade, 3-3, 5.88 ERA. RHP Will Rigney, 2-2, 4.54. RHP Jake Jackson, 4-4, 8.35. RHP Blake Helton, 0-1, 2.51.

Top relief pitchers: RHP Mason Marriott, 2-3, 5.96, 5 saves. LHP Matt Voelker, 4-7, 5.83, 3 saves. RHP Hambleton Oliver, 1-1, 6.26, 1 save. LHP Cam Caley, 4-0, 6.68.

Bottom bracket

Texas Tech

Seed: 2

Record: 36-18, 15-9 in Big 12

Ranking by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association: No. 9

First-round game: 4 p.m. Wednesday vs. Kansas State

Big 12 Tournament titles (1): 1998

Top hitters: 2B Jace Jung, .350 batting average, 14 home runs, 56 RBIs. SS Kurt Wilson, .329-13-61. 1B Cole Stilwell, .323-9-49. DH Ty Coleman, .323-8-56. RF Owen Washburn, .307-7-47. 3B Parker Kelly, .291-10-47.

Top starting pitchers: RHP Andrew Morris, 7-1, 4.54 ERA. RHP Brandon Birdsell, 8-3, 2.75. RHP Chase Hampton, 5-3, 4.80.

Top relief pitchers: RHP Brendan Girton, 3-0, 4.08. LHP Derek Bridges, 1-0, 3.79. LHP Mason Molina, 1-5, 4.04.

Oklahoma

Seed: 3

Record: 33-20, 15-9 in Big 12

Ranking by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association: 26

First-round game: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday vs. West Virginia

Big 12 Tournament titles (2): 1997, 2013

Top hitters: CF Tanner Tredaway, .346 batting average, 6 home runs, 51 RBIs, 22 of 26 stolen bases. 1B Blake Robertson, .338-4-43, 61 walks. SS Peyton Graham, .336-14-53. C Jimmy Crooks, .299-4-31. 2B Jackson Nicklaus, .288-8-23. DH Brett Squires, .344-6-29.

Top starting pitchers: LHP Jake Bennett, 6-3, 3.83 ERA. RHP David Sandlin, 6-3, 5.70.

Top relief pitchers: RHP Trevin Michael, 4-1, 3.21, 8 saves. LHP Carter Campbell, 2-0, 4.26. LHP Chazz Martinez, 3-3, 5.10, 1 save. RHP Jaret Godman, 1-0, 7.36, 3 saves.

West Virginia

Seed: 6

Record: 33-20, 14-10 in Big 12

Ranking by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association: receiving votes

First-round game: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday vs. Oklahoma

Big 12 Tournament titles: 0

Top hitters: RF Austin Davis, .336 batting average, 4 home runs, 26 RBIs, 28 of 34 stolen bases. C McGwire Holbrook, .325-6-42. 3B J.J. Wetherholt, .308-4-36. CF Victor Scott, .286-6-46, 38 of 45 stolen bases. 1B Grant Hussey, .243-10-34. LF Braden Barry, .291-6-25, 16 of 20 stolen bases.

Top starting pitchers: RHP Jacob Watters, 3-6, 5.65 ERA. LHP Ben Hampton, 8-4, 4.50. Aidan Major, 3-0, 3.49. RHP Zach Bravo, 3-1, 7.71.

Top relief pitchers: RHP Trey Braithwaite, 3-0, 1.54, 8 saves. RHP Chris Sleeper, 3-4, 3.61. RHP Noah Short, 0-1, 3.68, 2 saves. RHP Chase Smith, 1-1, 3.86, 1 save.

Kansas State

Seed: 7

Record: 27-27, 8-16 in Big 12 

Ranking by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association: unranked

First-round game: 4 p.m. Wednesday vs. Texas Tech

Big 12 Tournament titles: 0

Top hitters: LF Dominic Johnson, .346 batting average, 11 home runs, 41 RBIs. CF Cole Johnson, .297-7-30. 1B Dylan Phillips, .287-13-42. SS Nick Goodwin, .257-10-46. RF Jeff Heinrich, .333-10-23.

Top starting pitchers: RHP Blake Adams, 5-6, 5.04 ERA. RHP German Fajardo, 4-2, 3.95, 2 saves. RHP Connor McCullough, 3-3, 5.32. RHP Griffin Hassall, 4-6, 6.31.

Top relief pitchers: LHP Dylan Phillips, 0-1, 2.93, 6 saves. RHP Blake Corsentino, 4-5, 3.98, 2 saves. RHP Ty Ruhl, 4-2, 6.33.

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal